February 2, 2019

[An edited version of this article appeared in The Daily Mail (2nd Fe., 2019), 26.]

The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is viewed as the key moment in the end of the Cold War. But I would argue that actually happened two years earlier with the end of the nuclear arms ra...

January 31, 2019

(An edited version  of this article appeared in The Daily Telegraph (31st Jan., 2019),15.)

As Venezuela’s crisis deepens there is a consensus that it can only be resolved if the Venezuelan Army drops its support for the embattled Socialist Nicolas Maduro.

A quick clean m...

July 17, 2016

Some of the worst violence in Turkey’s failed coup against President Erdogan came around his presidential palace. That location is the natural focus of a coup, but what is very unnatural is the sheer scale of the recently finished Palace in Ankara.

Erdogan’s seat of gov...

Doesn’t the decisive victory of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Sunday’s elections put an end to concerns about the country’s stability? Hasn’t calm returned to Nato’s strategically vital bulwark on the edge of the Middle East after five months o...

October 25, 2015


Sorry never was the hardest word for Tony Blair – at least before Iraq.


For twelve years until his carefully choreographed interview with America’s CNN, Mr Blair had presented himself as the innocent victim of bad intelligence who at least had made the world a safer p...

July 20, 2015

Royal Video from 1933 Shows How Lucky Britain Was to Lose Edward VIII. Opening Royal Archives from 1930s and 1940s Won't Damage the Queen's Reputation.


By Mark Almond


“Long to reign over us” sings the national anthem. And its prayers have been answered. Queen Elizabeth...

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